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Port of Gothenburg and Awake.AI to roll out digital berth planning tool

Port of Gothenburg and Awake.AI launch Berth Planner
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The Port of Gothenburg Authority and Awake.AI have developed Berth Planner, a digital tool that will make vessel calls more time-efficient, cost-effective and environmentally smart.

In a statement, the authority said Berth Planner will offer two-way integration – for in-house use by berth planning personnel at the Port and for externals use by various parties involved in port calls.

It said the tool will supply rapid, accurate information, which is “fundamental in an efficient port call process”. A vital component of the process is “satisfying the need for a status overview in the planning system”.

Berth Planner will provide access to relevant status information for external parties, including pilots, personnel at the relevant mooring company and the ship’s agents. According to the authority, it will ensure “greater accuracy and predictability”.

Martin Johannesson, IT Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority, said the Port is working on “several fronts” to digitalise operations and will also look to visualise freight flows.

“Berth Planner is just one of a series of investments we are making to propel the Port of Gothenburg into the future,” Johannesson said.

Fredrik Rauer, traffic coordinator at the Gothenburg Port Authority, described Berth Planner as “more powerful and more comprehensive than anything that is currently available”.

“Traffic coordinators at Port Control, safety and security coordinators at the Energy Terminal, and the port’s production planners will now have a schematic overview at their disposal.

“It is similar in many ways to a traditional school timetable, where we can see which ships are moored at the different berths. Using the map service, we can choose from a list of time slots for each berth.

“This allows us to see which vessel is due to moor at a particular berth at a particular time. The positioned vessels at berths that have GPS bollards can be seen on the map.”

Simo Salminen, VP of Product, Awake.AI, commented, “Port of Gothenburg aims to be one of the world’s most competitive ports.

“We are excited to be part of their digitalisation journey and provide Port of Gothenburg with an integrated, smart and user-friendly berth planning tool that will optimize port call and improve collaboration between all port actors.”

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